Hoot [Carl Hiaasen]

It's always interesting to read a book after having already seen the movie. No matter what, you always find yourself wondering which one was done best. When it comes to Hoot, I find that I'm honestly in a place where I don't quite know which one impressed me most. It was several years after I…

Aurelia [Anne Osterlund]

As far as I'm concerned, this book could have been brilliant. After my initial introduction to Anne Osterlund's brilliant writing abilities with the publication of her novel, Academy 7, I was rather eager to read her other, earlier novels. Unfortunately, I found that Aurelia fell incredibly short of the impressive quality I found in Osterlund's…

(Book Review #17) Aurelia [by Anne Osterlund]

As far as I'm concerned, this book could have been brilliant. After my initial introduction to Anne Osterlund's brilliant writing abilities with the publication of her novel, Academy 7, I was rather eager to read her other, earlier novels. Unfortunately, I found that Aurelia fell incredibly short of the impressive quality I found in Osterlund's…

(Book Review #16) Tell Me Three Things [by Julie Buxbaum]

Ugh. So many good things. So many bad things. **Spoiler Alert** The most important thing I have to say currently is that when an author, in an attempt to make a character appealing ultimately makes the first impression of him jerk-ish and gross/dirty unless they very explicitly find a way to combat those aspects of our…

Me, Myself, and Lies for Young Women (What to Say When You Talk to Yourself) [by Jennifer Rothschild]

I'm going to admit to a fault of mine here. The second the word "God" comes up in a book and it is not meant in irony or fiction, I get immediately turned off to whatever I'm reading. I'm a bit bitter about religion. It bothers me and I feel like there's an incredible level…

(Book Review #14) Me, Myself, and Lies for Young Women (What to Say When You Talk to Yourself) [by Jennifer Rothschild]

I'm going to admit to a fault of mine here. The second the word "God" comes up in a book and it is not meant in irony or fiction, I get immediately turned off to whatever I'm reading. I'm a bit bitter about religion. It bothers me and I feel like there's an incredible level…

Windrunner’s Daughter [Bryony Pearce]

Bryony Pearce's Windrunner's Daughter was amazing. That is, it was amazing right up until the final two chapters. You know that feeling you get when you finally, after months of reading mediocre novels with just okay plots and less than ideal characters, find a book that feeds your thirst for a story that makes you feel something? That's…